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DAUGHERTY, M.: Route 66 / Ghost Ranch / Sunset Strip / Time Machine (Bournemouth Symphony, Alsop, Mei-Ann Chen, L. Jackson)

Composer(s):Daugherty, Michael
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559613
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 7.99

USD 6.99


This recording is a musical road trip from the unique creative world of Michael Daugherty, one of America’s most performed composers, and the visionary conductor Marin Alsop, who has championed his music for over 20 years. The music takes off with Route 66, a high-octane nostalgic drive from Illinois to California through ‘Main Street America’, as seen through Daugherty’s rear view mirror. Along the way, we stop at Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keeffe created her brilliant paintings inspired by the open skies and bone-parched earth of New Mexico. Arriving in Los Angeles, Daugherty takes us for a tuneful spin down Sunset Strip where anything can happen, and it usually does. Our journey concludes as we travel into the



Daugherty is the tour guide in this fascinating trip through the southwest!
Review By dc92823,February 2011

Michael Daugherty is one of the best and most interesting composers working today! His music is a melange of various sources; rock, pop, minimalism, the 19th century - all blended together in a way that captures the listener and has come to define his style.

His latest CD program, "Route 66", on Naxos American Classics serves as a terrific introduction to his music for those who need one as well as a sonic "tour" of the American southwest. Three of the pieces in this wonderful collection are inspired by trips through the heartland and to the west coast. Yet, this thematic similarity that gives the program its unity is after the fact. "Route 66" is a short, jaunty excursion that simulates, in music, the feel of passing through different vistas and ethnic inspirations more....

Review By Colin Eatock, Houston Chronicle,December 2011

Michael Daugherty’s Route 66 sets the pace for this CD, with its bright orchestral colors and boisterous, jazzy energy—something like Leonard Bernstein’s music from West Side Story Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Bournemouth Symphony through this romp. © 2011 Houston Chronicle Read complete review

Review By Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM,April 2011

The Music The basis of Michael Daugherty’s music is a hard-charging minimalism, full of overlapping patters and cumulative momentum, and unleashed with spectacular panache. But this collection shows there’s more to Daugherty that than.

Review By Record Geijutsu,April 2011

Review By Alex Chilvers, Limelight Magazine,March 2011

Iowa-born composer Michael Daugherty (b. 1954) has rightly been praised for his wild imagination. Reading Daugherty’s liner notes to this collection of works for orchestra, it’s clear that what inspires his music is unpredictable and mostly extramusical. Route 66 is a big, boisterous Cadillac of a piece, intended to convey the experience of driving from Illinois to California. In only seven busy, energetic minutes, Daugherty’s writing bombards your ears with the full dynamic and textural ranges of the very capable Bournemouth Symphony. Sunset Strip follows a similar thematic vein (as the title suggests), although it is, ironically, a longer journey (composed in three movements) allowing for moments of ear-relieving sparsity. Slightly less

Review By Robert R. Reilly,,January 2011

Michael Daugherty (b. 1954) writes delightfully manic music that engages the pop culture world with zest and rambunctiousness. He has written works based on Superman, trains, UFOs, Motown and, with this new Naxos CD, Sunset Strip and Route 66. His music is gymnastically energetic and highly syncopated. You can move to it. It is a lot of fun, but I would not advise listening to the whole thing unless you have had a full night’s sleep. I forgot to mention that humor is an element in American music, and you will find it in abundance here. Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have a romp playing this rollicking good stuff .


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